We all know our mayor-elect is a Democrat, but we also know there’s more than one kind of Democrat. There are Blu- Dog Democrats, Progressive Democrats, New Democrats, Social Democrats.
The Pew Research Center For the People & Press realizes that American politics is not as bipolar as Fox News and MSNBC would like us to believe. The Center has an online “Beyond Red and Blue” quiz that allows voters to find their place on the political spectrum, from Staunch Conservative to Solid Liberal.
I decided to take the 20-question test on Rahm Emanuel’s behalf, using his public statements as the basis for our answers. We won’t go through the entire list, but here are some viewpoints we’re pretty confident Emanuel holds:
You may disagree with our interpretation of Emanuel, but based on the result, I think we nailed him. According to the quiz, Emanuel is a “New Coalition Democrat.” Here’s Pew’s description of that type.
Upbeat about the country's ability to solve problems and an individual's ability to get ahead through hard work.
Approve of regulation and environmental protection.
More positive about business than other Democratic-oriented groups.
Generally liberal on racial issues.
Hospitable to immigrants: 78% believe they strengthen society.
Very religious and socially conservative.
The New Coalition Democrat, of course, is exemplified by Bill Clinton, Emanuel’s mentor in national politics. Clinton succeeded as president by finding a “third way” between traditional liberalism and conservatism. He was willing to sign free trade agreements and welfare reform laws that an older generation of Democrats would have resisted, and he famously declared, “the era of big government is over.” When Emanuel was head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he also charted a middle course that disappointed some liberals, by recruiting pro-life Democrats to run in conservative districts.
To find out your political type, take the quiz here.
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